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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of...more
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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Ulubatli ststion by metro (red line) and had a pleasant 15-20 min walk along the Byzantian wall before arrive to the museum. The church itself is fully covered outside due to restoration and not all parts are open for a visit inside...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great and unique mosaics at Chora church, a masterpiece of Bizantine art. Definitely book guide for the Chora church, tells the story of the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus. The mosaics are well preserved. It’s a small place with full of history. Highly recommend!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A small , hidden museum former Chora Church is providing an unforgettable experience about the late Byzantine mosaics. A good guide like myself or a good guide book would be helpful to understand the puzzling order of the stories in the museum.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chora church has some beautiful golden inlaid mosaics. Unfortunately most of the church is undergoing renovation so only 2 corridors are open to public. That’s a waste for the 45 lira charged per person for entry. Also the staff there was quiet rude. May be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting "small" church with some of the earliest mosaics used in christian churches. Although not a "secret spot" it is not nearly as busy as all the major tourist attractions.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are works on this building, not allowing visitors to see a part of this temple. But the rest is a masterpiece of bizantine art.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We grabbed a cab from Eminonu along the Bosphorus to go to the Chuch of the St Saviour in Chora (Kariye museum). The drive took us along the ancient walls of the city and the beautiful ruins of Tekfur Saray, the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nevine D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The most beautiful place in Istanbul. It's well hidden and a bit hard to reach by public transport, but it's worth the trouble.I've never seen so beautiful mosaics. The place is under reconstrucion,but still lots to see inside. Hope that the church itself will be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Simona P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit. Tells the story of the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus. The mosaics are glittering works of art, you will be beguiled by the atmosphere of this ancient place.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

To start off, I highly recommend a licensed guide to explain the mosaics. They tell a great story but are not in chronological order. A guide is really worth it. The mosaics are well preserved. It’s a small place but packs a lot of history

Date of experience: November 2018
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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31 October 2018|
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Response from namnam75 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. The Chora Church is open 7 days a week from 9:00 - 7:00 pm. However some parts may be closed for restoration work. You can check their website, closer to your travel date, and plan accordingly.
23 October 2018|
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Response from adtraveller2016 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure individually , but there is a museum pass which is better value if you are going to other sites, eg Ag Sofia- and it also helps jump the long queues. check re the building and restoration work though as lot... More
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18 March 2016|
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Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday. Winter from 09:00 - 16:30 Summer from 09:00 - 19:00 The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR). Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.